Bobby Caldwell
singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist
Bobby Caldwell
Bobby Caldwell is an American singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who, despite a prolific musical output over his 30-year career, is still best known for his 1978 hit single "What You Won't Do for Love". While he has always maintained a devoted fan base in the United States, a legendary status has been bestowed upon him in Japan.
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15 for '15: Favorite Music of the Year
Huffington Post - about 1 year
This was a strong year for music and one that felt more tumultuous than ever for planet Earth and its inhabitants. No coincidence, I'm sure. Here are some favorites, and I urge you to browse the Spotify playlist below, which features some notable additions. Happy listening and happy new year. Hiatus Kaiyote - Choose Your Weapon Someone had to invent the peanut butter and jelly sandwich. The cheeseburger. The breakbeat. The multi-dimensional, polyrhythmic gangster shit. This foursome from Down Under is all that and then some, and their kitchen sink is stacked with Madlib and Stevie Wonder gumbo and Soulquarian stew, cookin' in Miles mode with Meshuggah-like precision drenched in hot buttered soul. This is the sweet and the savory, and it feels distinctly like the record the band wanted to make - they have a real affinity for the dusty analog past yet look toward a world so vivid and beautiful it sometimes hurts to imagine. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly The year's most ...
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First Listen: Cool Uncle, 'Cool Uncle'
NPR - over 1 year
What happens when sexagenarian, Quiet-Storm crooner Bobby Caldwell and thirtysomething hit producer Jack Splash get together? Smooth fireworks!
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All The Valentine's Day Music You Could Ever Need
Huffington Post - about 4 years
It's not always easy to choose the right Valentine's Day music, and on a day (and night) when there are so many important decisions to be made (where to eat, what to wear, how many sprays of cologne/perfume, whether to be jaded and cool or have fun), why not let someone else do the picking? HuffPost Entertainment has grabbed a wide array of mixes and playlists from musicians of all sorts of genres. So whether you and your date are the type to sing along to One Direction in the car, jam to the classics or "rage" (sorry) all night, we've got something for you. The best part is, you don't even have to tell your date it's not a custom mixtape crafted solely for his or her enjoyment. Motown Classics, Courtesy of HuffPost Detroit Stevie. Marvin. Smokey. Throw in The Temptations and The Isley Brothers for good measure and free yourself of all concerns. Hudson Mohawke's "Slow Jams Chapter VI" Hot producer HudMo's better known as Kanye's newest signee and half of TNGHT ...
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L.A. Diaz: South Beach Battioke: Miami Heat Players 'Sing' for a Cause
Huffington Post Sports - about 4 years
I'm sitting in a cozy corner of the makeshift VIP area inside a ballroom of the Eden Roc Renaissance Hotel on Miami Beach watching the entire roster of Miami Heat players prepare to sing. It's January 21st -- Martin Luther King Day, as well as President Barack Obama's second inauguration. It's also a perfect night for karaoke. Mind you, this is not your average Monday night karaoke. It's "Battioke"-- Heat forward Shane Battier's fundraising sing fest, now in its second year here in Miami. The event is oversized in terms of personalities and humor. The theme of South Beach Battioke 2013 is "The Love Boat," which would explain Battier's dapper maritime getup: white slacks and shoes, a double-breasted blue blazer topped off with a captain's hat and a giant grin, quite the dead ringer for Captain Merrill Stubing. Battier takes the stage, welcomes the 300 guests by belting out his off-key rendition of the popular 80s show theme song, adding emphasis every time he sings t ...
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Tom Findlay Grabs Late Night Tales Mix
Clash - almost 5 years
Groove Armada producer Tom Findlay is set to to charge of the next Late Night Tales mix. An always intriguing mix series, Late Night Tales specialises in quiet, after hours compilation. However a new offering from Groove Armada lynchpin Tom Findlay is set to push that definition further still. Sub-titled 'Music For Pleasure' the mix draws on soft-focus 70s AOR, with some sly funk and disco shoved in for good measure. Seeming born from mixtapes Findlay would prepare for the Groove Armada tour bus, the tracklisting contains names such as Average White Band, Steve Miller Band, 10cc, Hall & Oates and more. "It's very much a 'concept' record, blue eyed soul, yacht rock," the producer said recently. "Vibe was very much tunes that I used to blast on the tour bus. I love that music in a very wrong way, it's music to hug to!” Watch a preview clip below. - - - 'Late Night Tales - Music For Pleasure' is due to be released on June 11th. Tracklisting: 1. Ambrosia ...
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In Other News
The Portland Mercury - almost 5 years
A weird police shooting, a walk-back on TriMet cuts, and a sad new twist in the Bob Caldwell story. by Mercury staff A New Columbia resident whose family said he went outside with his gun to check for prowlers was shot late Tuesday, March 13, by Washington County tactical officers who'd been called to help Portland gang detectives serve a search warrant at a nearby house. Alberto Flores-Haro was shot soon after opening his front door and taken to a hospital. His family told the Oregonian he'd seen someone in his yard and wanted to scare that person off. The officer-involved shooting is the second in Portland this year. Investigating it, however, could prove trickier than usual. Out-of-town officers working in Portland aren't bound by the city's stricter oversight rules and aren't required to cooperate with Portland investigators. ["Hands Off, Portland," News, Jan 12]. DENIS C. THERIAULT *** TriMet's daunting service cuts may be l ...
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In Other News
The Portland Mercury - almost 5 years
The police get a training center, and the Oregonian gets a bunch of bad press. by Mercury staff In a victory for Police Chief Mike Reese, Portland City Council was scheduled on Wednesday, March 14 to formally approve plans for a long-sought police training facility. Under a plan tentatively blessed on March 7, the bureau will pay $6.5 million for a 14-year-old office building on NE Airport Way and then spend $8 million or so more fixing it up. Currently the bureau sends its officers all across the Willamette Valley and beyond to practice things like shooting, driving, and tactical scenarios. The new building—on the bureau's wish list for decades—will put all of that in one complex. DENIS C. THERIAULT *** Bob Caldwell, the Pulitzer-winning opinion editor of Portland's "paper of record," died Saturday, March 10, of a heart attack. He was 63. But the Oregonian's initial report about Caldwell's death missed a key detail: He wasn't fo ...
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Archives: Remembering Aaliyah - Washington Post (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
The song that follows owes a line and its spirit to Bobby Caldwell's classic single “What You Won't Do for Love.” It's a seductive entreaty to an older lover to forget their age difference and allow their relationship to ripen, coupled with a delicate
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Johnny Winter Live at Rockpalast (1979/2011) - Audiophile Audition
Google News - over 5 years
Winter and his tour trio – bassist, guitarist and harp blower Joe Paris and drummer Bobby Caldwell – prove Winter's point right from the start with a scorching 11-minute-plus rendition of Freddie King's “Hideaway,” followed by the Chicago blues classic
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Entertainment calendar -- Published Aug. 18, 2011 - Stockton Record
Google News - over 5 years
Rrazz Room: Bobby Caldwell, 8 pm today, 7 and 9:30 pm Fri.-Sat., 7 pm Sun.; Jerry “The Iceman” Butler, 8 pm Wed. Hotel Rikko, 222 Mason St. SF (866) 468-3399. Slim's: Plug in Stereo, Bird By Bird, DownDownDown, 8 pm today; My People, Thrive, Top Shelf,
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Dave Koz & Friends Present a Night of Smooth Summer Jazz at the Hollywood Bowl ... - Broadway World
Google News - over 5 years
The Hollywood Bowl presents an evening of jazz with six-time Grammy nominee Dave Koz and friends featuring Bobby Caldwell, Sheila E., plus Larry Graham and Graham Central Station, Spyro Gyra and Phil Perry. The evening begins at 6pm on August 14
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Fans have an effect on Koz - Vallejo Times-Herald
Google News - over 5 years
It's nearing the end of a tour that began in April, criss-crossing America and ending next Sunday at the Hollywood Bowl with Bobby Caldwell and Sheila E. Then it's off for an Alaskan cruise and, in September, 10 days in Japan
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Entertainment know-how On the Town - Bay Area Reporter
Google News - over 5 years
Upcoming at the Rrazz Room are acts so varied that there is something for everyone, from crooning Bobby Caldwell to soulful Jerry Butler and from Australia's eye-popping Thunder from Down Under to a rare appearance by Judy Collins
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CALIFORNIAN: Koz looks to the future by looking at the past - North County Times
Google News - over 5 years
He performed with Bobby Caldwell, Jeff Lorber, and Richard Marx as a sideman before going out on his own. Now, two decades and 13 albums later, he may be the most successful man in the business. A lot of it is related to his past
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Preview calendar: Clubs and calendar for July 7-13 - North County Times
Google News - over 5 years
Bobby Caldwell ---- Jazz at the Park at Park Hyatt Aviara Resort features outdoor concerts with cabaret-style seating and al fresco dining; 6 pm July 23; Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, 7100 Aviara Resort Drive, Carlsbad $65 (or $220 for the series);
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Bobby Caldwell
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2015
    Age 63
    As of 2015, Bobby Caldwell is currently doing live performances.
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  • 2014
    Age 62
    His latest album, After Dark was released in 2014.
    More Details Hide Details Caldwell recorded a collaboration album with Jack Splash under the alias Cool Uncle. The album, which was released on 13 November features collaborations with Jessie Ware (who previously recorded his own version of Caldwell's "What You Won't Do for Love"), Mayer Hawthorne and Cee-Lo Green. Aside from a minor role in 1988's Salsa, Caldwell portrayed Frank Sinatra from October 1999 to January 2000 in the Las Vegas stage musical The Rat Pack is Back, garnering positive reviews. Like several other singers (such as Boz Scaggs, Peter Cetera, Janis Ian and Daryl Hall), Caldwell has attained a great deal of popularity in Japan, where he has been nicknamed "Mister AOR." (In Japan, the term "AOR", or "Adult Oriented Rock", is used to describe the style commonly called "Adult Contemporary" or "Yacht Rock" in the United States.) In 1992, he received the nation's equivalent of a Grammy as the "best international artist."
    Released in 2014 - Bobby Caldwell is back with a brand new album of big band standards, which includes a new rendition of his own classic "What You Won't Do For Love." "After Dark" features a 17 piece big band.
    More Details Hide Details With a roster of notable sax band members over the years, namely Dave Koz, Richard Elliot and Boney James, Bobby’s current sax sensation, Andrew Neu, delivers an incredible arrangement of "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World". Sinatra has no bigger fan than Bobby Caldwell. After Dark includes some of the lesser known songs from The Chairman of the Board, along with some notable hits like, "I Only Have Eyes For You" and "Come Fly With Me." The album also includes "In The Wee Small Hours of the Morning." Caldwell has contributed music to a number of movies. He has both written and performed original songs for 1986's Back to School ("Educated Girl"), 1988's Mac & Me ("Take Me, I'll Follow You"), 1988's Salsa ("Puerto Rico") and its sequel ("Every Teardrop"). Songs penned by Caldwell but performed by others have appeared in films such as 1989's Ghostbusters II ("The Promised Land," performed by James "J.T." Taylor, the lead singer of Kool & the Gang) and 1987's Princess from the Moon ("Stay With Me," performed by Peter Cetera).
  • 2012
    Age 60
    Released on August 23, 2012 House of Cards, on Caldwell's Starmine Records label is an eclectic mix of all new Caldwell originals.
    More Details Hide Details The first single, "What About Me" features classic Bobby Caldwell vocals. Tracks on House of Cards feature Dave Koz, Andrew Neu and David Horgan. Caldwell also played a lot of guitar and bass on this album. It shows the many musical facets of this long-time singer/songwriter.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2007
    Age 55
    Caldwell's 2007 release of live standards on his own label, Starmine Records.
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  • 2005
    Age 53
    In 2005, Caldwell released Perfect Island Nights, his first album of mostly original studio material since 1993.
    More Details Hide Details The record features a new version of "Rain", a track which made its debut on his second anthology release, Time and Again, as well as versions of Phil Perry's "Perfect Island Night", "Where Is the Love" (rendered as a duet with Deniece Williams) and "Our Day Will Come". Guest players include saxophonist George Shelby and percussionist Russ Miller.
  • FORTIES
  • 1996
    Age 44
    He later turned to singing nothing but big band standards and original, yet big band standard-like songs (such as the much-promoted "Tomorrow") on 1996's Blue Condition and 1999's Come Rain or Come Shine.
    More Details Hide Details Blue Condition was recorded in real-time, live with a sixty-piece string section and twenty-piece jazz band in the same Capitol Records studios used by such icons as Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Bobby Darin. At this time, his "I Get a Kick Out of You" was played on adult contemporary radio stations, across the country, and was heard on national TV commercials.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1991
    Age 39
    Caldwell sold albums at a steady pace throughout the 1990s, producing 1991's Stuck on You, recorded with a 60-piece orchestra, and 1993's Where Is Love, the latter having been recorded with musicians who had previously played with Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett along with a 24-piece orchestra.
    More Details Hide Details During this period, the airplay of his music shifted from the declining R&B radio format to the then-nascent Smooth Jazz stations. Caldwell is frequently cited as a staple of the genre, with "What You Won't Do for Love" as well as lesser-known singles such as "Real Thing," "All or Nothing at All" (both from Heart of Mine) still featuring prominently on programmers' playlists. 1995 saw the release of Soul Survivor, marking a turn toward coverage of others' songs. Though a handful of originals were present, the album was for the most part focused on, appropriately, soul standards such as "Walk on By" and "Your Precious Love".
  • 1989
    Age 37
    In 1989 he contributed lead vocals to and co-produced "In the Name of Love," a track on saxophonist Richard Elliot's album "Take to the Skies."
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  • 1983
    Age 31
    1983 saw Bobby Caldwell put out August Moon, a project bearing a much more rock- than soul-oriented sound, in Japan only; it was released in the United States in the 1990s.
    More Details Hide Details Though August Moon went gold, Caldwell subsequently took a hiatus from recording, instead directing his efforts toward composing songs for other performers, most notably "Heart of Mine" for Boz Scaggs, "The Next Time I Fall" for Amy Grant and Peter Cetera, "Janet" for the Commodores, "Niagara Falls" and "What Kind Of Man Would I Be? " for Chicago, "The Real Thing" for Kalapana and "All or Nothing at All" for Al Jarreau.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1951
    Born
    Born on August 15, 1951.
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